8:00am PT by Jordan Zakarin
'Saturday Night Live' Adds Three to Cast for 38th Season
Saturday Night Live is launching a youth movement.
Producers said Monday that the NBC late-night stalwart will add three new featured players to its cast for its 38th season, all of whom have experience with the longtime comedy feeding ground Second City.
Deals for Aidy Bryant and Tim Robinson, rumored late last week, were made official, while sketch veteran Cecily Strong will also join the cast.
Bryant is a Second City E.T.C. Stage alum and performed at Chicago's Annoyance Theater. Robinson, who also has a role in Christopher Mintz-Plasse's CBS' midseason comedy Friend Me, performed with Second City's Mainstage and National Touring Company. Strong also worked with the Touring Company and trained at iO Chicago, where Bryant received her training.
Second City alums who became regular SNL castmembers include Bill Murray, John Belushi, Tina Fey, Mike Myers, Chris Farley, Tim Meadows, Martin Short and Mary Gross.
SNL is facing a bit of a reboot, as longtime favorite stars Kristen Wiig and Andy Samberg officially left the show after last season. It was recently announced that Abby Elliott is exiting the show as well. Wiig and Samberg have moved to films full time, and Elliott has an arc on How I Met Your Mother.
Seth MacFarlane, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Daniel Craig will serve as this season's first three hosts.